COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - More businesses in Columbus are falling victim to burglars smashing in their front glass doors to gain entry inside the stores. The most recent incidents happened at The Landings on Sidney Simon's Boulevard early Wednesday morning. Three owners say they received calls from police around 4:00 AM alerting them of the break-ins.
Taiye's tailoring and Alterations, John Nail's and Classique Petique all within The Landings Shopping Center were burglarized. "I was surprised. The first thing I thought about was the wedding dresses. I was hoping I wouldn't have to call the owners and tell them that their dresses were missing," says Taiye Thomas.
The gowns were all intact. Thomas did notice that his cash, approximately $900.00 that he left inside his cash register had been stolen.
Co-owner of Classique Petique, Lisa Charlton says although the burglars took about $50.00 for her store, she was relieved that the damage was minimal. "The cops said to me, do you have any pets inside? I said, "No, thank God he was at home with us." The dog's cage which sits near the front door was covered in shattered glass.
Charlton recently celebrated her grand opening with a bang. She's hoping police will catch the people responsible. News Leader 9 has reported at 12 businesses burglaries that have recently experienced the same type of crimes. No arrests have been made.